Jazz with Bob Perkins

Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm

Lovingly known as “BP with the GM” (Bob Perkins with the Good Music), BP brings you that good music just in time for dinner during your work week, and keeps your Sunday brunch swinging. His selections are like a familiar hug from Jazz Land featuring your favorite standards and vocalists such as Sarah, Ella, and Nat, some Big Band legends including the Duke and the Count, and the giants of the instrumentals like Lee Morgan, Hank Crawford, Miles, and Coltrane. Take a listen to "Ol' BP" as he calls himself...you'll be back again and again.

Take a look at this photo album of Mr. Perkins through the years.

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Playlist

May 13, 2013

6:06 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Ben Webster-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Ellington-Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
6:06 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Ben Webster-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Ellington-Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
6:13 PM
IF I Should Lose You
Artist : Scott Hamilton-Harry Allen
Album : Heavy Juice
Label : Concord
6:20 PM
Polka Dots Snd Moonbeams
Artist : Joey De Francesco
Album : All About My Girl
Label : Muse
6:29 PM
What’s New
Artist : Teri Thornton
Album : Devil May Care
Label : Riverside
6:33 PM
The End Of A Love Affair
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Great Love Themes
Label : Capitol
6:39 PM
Central Park West
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Enja
6:45 PM
Spartacus
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : Yusef Lateef Plays For Lovers
Label : Prestige
6:51 PM
Paris Blues
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
6:57 PM
Lost April
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : Best Of Nat King Cole
Label : Capitol
7:02 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Howard Roberts
Album : The Real Howard Roberts
Label : Concord
7:10 PM
You’re My Everything
Artist : George Cables
Album : My Muse
Label : High Note
7:17 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Angel Eyes
Label : Verve
7:26 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Summit Meeting
Label : Milestone
7:34 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Xanadu At Montreux
Label :
7:41 PM
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Artist : Carol Sloane
Album : Songs That Carmen Sang
Label : Concord
7:45 PM
Straight Street
Artist : Don Friedman
Album : Straight Ahead
Label : No Coast
7:50 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Montruex 1975
Label : Pablo
8:00 PM
Enchanatment
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Somethin' Special
Label : Tetrachord
8:07 PM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Rebecca Paris
Album : A Passionate Fling
Label : Shira
8:16 PM
Giant Steps
Artist : Jimmy Bruno
Album : Burnin'
Label : Concord
8:21 PM
Juat One Of Those Things
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Centennial Celebration
Label : Pablo
8:28 PM
The Comeback
Artist : Count Basie-Milt Jackson
Album : Basie-Jackson+Bib Band
Label : Pablo
8:34 PM
Sleeping Dance Sleep On
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Like Someone In Love
Label : Blue Note
8:46 PM
We’ll Be Together Again
Artist : Diane Reeves
Album : A Little Moonlight
Label : Blue Note
8:51 PM
Yo’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Personal Appearance
Label : Verve
8:56 PM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Adventures In Jazz
Label : Capitol

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Latest From ICON Magazine
10:48 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train"

Composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Strathorn is best known for his 30-year collaboration with Duke Ellington. His compositions include "Take the "A" Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Lush Life."

He stood five feet, two inches tall, and his musical colleagues dubbed him “Swee’ Pea,” after the little character in the Popeye cartoons. But Billy Strayhorn ranked with the giants that composed enduring standard popular music. He was also nobody’s cartoon character. The handle was a reverent tease, applied by Strayhorn’s musical associates in the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley

I don’t recall hearing much about Hank Mobley, until he recorded a certain record album in 1963. But, this was my fault for not listening closely enough to Philly’s all-jazz radio station that prevailed at the time. The station must have played Mobley often, because he was a hot jazz commodity about that time.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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A Snapshot of Ella
6:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald: Some Stories about the Queen of Jazz on Her Birthday!

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald (1917 to 1996)

WRTI's Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, with commentary by Jazz Host Bob Perkins. April 25th is Ella's birthday! She would have turned 98 today.

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

Creatively Speaking
9:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City

This year's Center City Jazz Festival takes place at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Fergie's Pub, Milkboy Philadelphia, and TIME Restaurant.

The third annual Center City Jazz Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 19th  There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

The festival warms up on Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1939, as Hitler's troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical — and social — history.

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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